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Headlines for Friday, March 22, 2013

Referee awardFairfield Community High School’s Athletic Department received a plaque during Thursday night’s school board meeting from Bill McClane, a representative with the Southern Egyptian Basketball Association.  FCHS received a sportsmanship award for showing exceptional respect and sportsmanship towards basketball officials and visiting teams.  FCHS Athletic Director Bob Wells accepted the award on behalf of FCHS. Pictured left is Southern Egyptian Basketball Association representative Bill McClane (right) and Fairfield Community High School Athletic Director Bob Wells (left).

The Fairfield Rural Fire Department is hosting their annual Fish Fry today from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.  The public is encouraged to attend for all you can eat boneless catfish, hushpuppies, potato wedges, and cole slaw.  Tickets are available at the door for $10 per adult.  All proceeds from this annual event go to the purchase of firefighting equipment.  (Video provided by JennyCrippen, WFIW/Estell Stewart, Fairfield Rural Fire Department).  Want to see more photos of the event??  Click Here!


GSH Donation 3-22-13

Good Samaritan Regional Health Center was presented a check for $50,000 by the hospital’s auxiliary. The check was the final installment in the Good Samaritan Regional Health Center Auxiliary’s commitment of raising $225,000 toward a water wall and heritage wall at the new Good Samaritan Regional Health Center. The auxiliary had made the nearly quarter-million-dollar pledge in January 2011, they accomplished their commitment in two years. Good Samaritan Regional Health Center Auxiliary is comprised of over 200 members that volunteered 23,559 hours in the hospital in 2012.


State funding for Fairfield Community High School is expected to drop significantly for the 2014 school year. Supt. David Savage told board members Thursday night that transportation funding could drop to as low as 19%.  General State Aid could drop to as low as 80%, creating a potential shortfall of $183,000.

79 students from the three high schools in Wayne County have signed up to participate in a trip to Washington D.C. this spring. The trip is funded by the Podolsky Charitable Trust. 28 of the students are from FCHS.

47-year-old Steven Edward Smith of Grayville has been sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of aggravated drunk driving – his fifth offense.  White County State’s Attorney Denton Aud says Smith also drew a concurrent three year sentence for driving revoked – his 9th such offense.

The final Wayne County corn and soybean yields for 2012  have been released by the National Ag Statistics Service. The actual soybean yield was 27.1 bushels – compared to the annual crop tour estimate of 18. The final corn yield was 39.7 bushels per acre – compared to the crop tour estimate of 23.3.

007Thursday’s guest of the Fairfield Rotary Club was Don Witter, speaking about his most recent mission trip to Honduras.  Witter said the latest mission trip lasted about 6 ½ weeks and involved nearly 30 people from this area.  Witter concluded his presentation by showing Rotarians a slide show of progress on the construction of a new church for the area. Rotarian Marion McDowell arranged for Thursday’s program. Pictured left are Don Witter (left) and Rotarian Marion McDowell.

Nine-year-old Camren Ray of Lawrenceville has advanced to the Elks Hoop Shoot National Free Throw Contest April 20 in Springfield, MA. Camren nailed 22 out of 25 free throws at the Regional Competition last Saturday in Iowa to advance. Camren is a 4th grader who attends the Sumner Attendance Center.

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